Pre-ForestryCollege of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

What you will learn

Increasing demands on the world's forest resources and the challenges and opportunities arising from those demands make the pre-forestry program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln an attractive option for many UNL students. These students may opt to continue their studies at another college or university or remain at UNL. During their first year at UNL, pre-forestry students can choose from a variety of courses, including biology, botany, mathematics and English, that can be applied to many majors.

UNL's pre-forestry program is not a degree-granting program, but it will fully prepare students for admission to colleges and universities where they can earn a four-year degree in forestry. Students choosing to remain at UNL can opt for a four-year degree as fisheries and wildlife majors. Those choosing to transfer can take advantage of a reciprocal agreement with the University of Missouri-Columbia, which allows students who pay resident tuition at UNL to pay resident tuition at the University of Missouri.

Career Opportunities

The Pre-Forestry Program can get you started toward a future as a timber buyer, district or city forester, natural resource manager, forest supervisor, forest engineer, insect and disease specialist, tree improvement forester, park ranger, pulp and paper chemist, fire control officer, land use planner, forest ecologist, university faculty, arborist, silviculturist, wood technologist, forest pathologist, forest entomologist, or an environmental education specialist.

The NEBRASKA difference

We have a reciprocal program with the University of Missouri-Columbia which allows students to complete coursework at in-state tuition rates, with coursework involving outdoor field experiences, and various internship opportunities with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the Nebraska Department of Environment Quality, the Nebraska Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, and others.

Internships / Clubs

Nebraska students have access to hundreds of activities and groups related to specific academic, social, cultural, and political interests. Involvement in any of these organizations builds leadership, communication, and organizational skills, and helps you make new friends with similar interests. As a Pre-Forestry major, you may be particularly interested in the Range Management Club, the Soil and Water Resources Club or the Wildlife Club.


The School of Natural Resources is located in Hardin Hall, a state-of-the-art facility located on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's East Campus. The complex houses three lecture rooms, two teaching laboratories, three teaching computer labs, a student computer lab, a student services center and numerous research labs. Additional information on the facilities in Hardin Hall may be found at